April 1, 2013
Contact: Kristin Dunay (781)-449-4010 x102
[email protected]


WHAT: Recent brain and educational research has found that certain character skills, such as persistence, resilience and optimistic mindsets, are more important than IQ for student success and achievement.  At this month’s Learning & the Brain® Symposium at Alfred Lerner Hall in New York, NY, a cross-spectrum of more than 900 educators will be attending to explore, with a national group of neuroscientists, psychologists and educators, how growth mindsets, goals and resilience improve the achievement of students, while anxiety and stereotyping can hinder their academic and test performance.Heidi Grant Halvorson, PhD, who is Associate Director of the Motivation Science Center at Columbia University will be one of the morning keynotes and will speak on the topic of “How the Science of Mindsets and Motivation Provides the Key to Unlocking Our Children’s Fullest Potential.”  Dr. Halvorson is a rising star in the field of motivational science, a blogger for Psychology Today and a frequent lecturer on “Motivational Mindsets.” She is the author of Success: How We Can Reach Our Goals (2011) and co-author of Nine Things Successful People Do Differently (2012) and Focus: Use Different Ways of Seeing the World to Power Success and Influence (Forthcoming, 2013)
WHO: The program is co-sponsored by several organizations including the Motivation Science Center, Columbia University and the Program in Neuroscience and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, and both the national associations of elementary and secondary school principals, and is produced by Public Information Resources, Inc.In addition to Dr. Halvorson, some of the featured speakers will be:▪    Paul Tough, Contributing Writer to the New York Times Magazine; Founding Editor of Open Letters, an online magazine; Contributor to This American Life and The New Yorker, who has focused on upon education, poverty, parenting, and politics; Author, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character (2012) and Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America (2008).▪    Sian Beilock, PhD, Principal Investigator, Human Performance Lab; Professor, Department of Psychology, The University of Chicago; Researcher in the cognitive neural substrates of learning as well as the mechanisms by which performance breaks down in high-stress or high-pressure situations; Recipient, 2012 Outstanding Young Investigator Award from the Psychonomic Society; Author, CHOKE: What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal About Getting It Right When You Have To (2010)▪    Robert Brooks, PhD, Faculty, Harvard Medical School; Former Director of the Department of Psychology at McLean Hospital; Author, The Self-Esteem Teacher (1991); Co-Author, Raising Resilient Children with Autism (2011), Raising a Self-Disciplined Child: Help Your Child Become More Responsible, Confident, and Resilient (2009), The Power of Resilience: Achieving Balance, Confidence, and Personal Strength in Your Life (2004) and Handbook of Resilience in Children (2006)
WHEN: Wednesday, April 10. Symposium begins 8:45 AM. General Registration is $295.  Contact Kristin Dunay at 781-449-4010 x 102 for media passes.
WHERE: Alfred Lerner Hall, (W. 115 Street and Broadway), New York, NY
Learning & the Brain® is a series of educational conferences that brings the latest research in neuroscience and psychology and their potential applications to education to the wider educational community. Since its inception in 1999, this series has been attended by more than 40,000 people in Boston, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., New York and Chicago.

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